Buying property? You’ll have notaire’s fees to pay.

French House Moving to FranceAll house and land purchases in France have to be handled by a notaire, a government official who carries out the conveyancing process (amongst other things).

Notaire’s fees are fixed by the state and are quite a high percentage of the value of the property being sold. This doesn’t all go into the notaire’s pocket though – the fees include French taxes on property sales, the equivalent of stamp duty.

Did you know that you can estimate the cost of the ‘frais de notaire’ by visiting Anil, the ‘Agence nationale pour l’information sur le logement’?

In just four clicks, you can calculate the notaire’s fees on a property sale.

You will need to indicate:

  • The type of purchase (new home, old home, land purchase…)
  • The location
  • The department
  • The cost of the property.

Fill in the four pieces of information and you will have an immediate (and very approximate) calculation of what to expect when your notaire bill arrives.

If you’re looking for a property in the Pyrénées-Orientales take a look at our  directory of estate agents working in the region. One of them is bound to have your dream home.



  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Would you be so kind as to tell me how new/old a house must be to qualify
    as an ‘achat logement neuf/ancien, as regards notary’s fees?

    Many thanks,

    James Murphy

    Cher Monsieur/Madame,

    Auriez-vous la gentillesse de me dire à quel point une maison doit être neuve/ancienne pour être considérée comme ‘un achat logement neuf/ancien (pour le notaire)?

    1. Hello James. I’m afraid we’re not property experts, just magazine editors. I think you would probably be best to ask a notaire directly or even the state agent. Bonne chance

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